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Currently, I have the Logitech Z Cinema speakers and I'm looking to get a new 2.1 sound settup. I need something that is:

- Capable of producing better sound quality (I'd like to justify having FLAC files)
- GREAT sub woofer (I want something that will shake my dorm)
- Able to get louder (I want my RA to complain)
- Under 300 USD

Music I like:

- Hardcore punk
- Metalcore
- Techno (Electro, House, Trance, Hardstyle)
- Indie rock

I mostly play first person shooters like BF3 and COD.
Edited by xdanisx - 4/26/12 at 8:34pm
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Do you really need 5.1? Stereo or 2.1 is much better value for money when it comes to music. Answering the following will allow people to give more specific answers
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State your music tastes
State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)
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Do you really need 5.1? Stereo or 2.1 is much better value for money when it comes to music. Answering the following will allow people to give more specific answers
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State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.
State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).

5.1 would be nice, but I guess 2.1 is the way to go if I'm going less then 300.

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For the sub $109
Amp $89

And speakers $50 Sale ends today, but the go on sale so often. Plus they will go on sale at Best Buy every so often too.

Now possibly you can find the SP-BS41 on Craigslist for less than $100. Which are better.
    
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Polk Monitor 30 - $120 - http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-AM3025-A-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0002ZSFTG

Dayton Audio SUB-1200 - $130 - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-629

Dayton Audio DTA-100a Amp - $90 - http://www.parts-express.com/wizards/searchResults.cfm?FTR=dayton+amp&search_type=main&WebPage_ID=3&searchFilter=dayton+amp

Total comes out to $340, but this will really give you the house-shaking experience you are looking for. That Amplifier also doubles as a headphone amp in case you are interested. For powering the speakers, even at 20% of the output it will get extremely loud. Very good combination. If you want to conserve some money, swap out the Polk Monitor 30's for Dayton Audio B652's. They are cheaper but sound very similar. Hell, I would get the $40 B652's anyway, I don't think the extra $80 is worth it for the Polk's. I own the B652's, and they are absolutely great.
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For the sub $109
Amp $89
And speakers $50 Sale ends today, but the go on sale so often. Plus they will go on sale at Best Buy every so often too.
Now possibly you can find the SP-BS41 on Craigslist for less than $100. Which are better.

I agree with pretty much everything this guy posted. Grab those pioneers, they are great for the price.

I would get the SUB-1200 over the SUB-1000 as it extends lower though. The extra $20 is totally worth the price.
Edited by ComradeNF - 4/26/12 at 9:05pm
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Edit: ComradNF changed his bookshelf speaker suggestion.

You may be better off dropping the amp and bumping up the sub to one that can perform much better, almost all of them have built in amps (they arn't that great) but will easily power 100-150$ bookshelfs, + you can always add an AMP in the future as far as expanding your system goes, but until your looking at speakers with more ohms I wouldn't really worry about it yet as far as bang for your buck.
Edited by Tulion - 4/26/12 at 9:10pm
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Edit: ComradNF changed his bookshelf speaker suggestion.

You may be better off dropping the amp and bumping up the sub to one that can perform much better, almost all of them have built in amps (they arn't that great) but will easily power 100-150$ bookshelfs, + you can always add an AMP in the future as far as expanding your system goes, but until your looking at speakers with more ohms I wouldn't really worry about it yet as far as bang for your buck.

What? I don't know of any dedicated powered subwoofers that will power speakers. Yes, some do have built in amps, but that is only for the subwoofer nothing else.

Price doesn't have anything to do with how well the speakers will power.
    
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I hear Swan M10s kick ass i want to get some my self. I may or may nto go for something with better base.

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Looks like the SUB-1200 is the way to go then.

How good exactly are the Polk Audio Monitor 30 AM3025? Would I see a noticeable difference with my FLAC files compared to my Z Cinema?

Also, what sound card should I get? Cheaper the better.
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